Sycamore Safe Zone (SSZ) is an ally development program created through the Office of Diversity and the Dean of Students Office at Indiana State University to establish a campus that is safe and affirming for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (or LGBTQ) students, faculty and staff
The Sycamore Safe Zone program aims to create a visible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies by providing an avenue through which any member of the Indiana State Community can show their support. This program also creates an educational experience through the Safe Zone Workshop. The Safe Zone workshop is a one to two-hour workshop that encourages student, faculty, and staff to explore their personal identities, cultural identities, privilege, and what it means to be an Ally. After attending this workshop you have the choice to take a Safe Zone placard.
The visible Safe Zone placards extend a physical safe space for LGBTQ students and their allies throughout the campus. This program also creates ongoing educational experiences between Safe Zone members and the Indiana State community that encourage student, faculty, and staff to explore cultural identity, values, and stereotypes in order to better understand how these issues impact the greater community.
There are two ways to be involved with Sycamore Safe Zone
1. Participate in a Sycamore Safe Zone Workshop
2. Become a Sycamore Safe Zone Facilitator